If you’ve read any other posts here at Tiny Ambitions, you know I tend to write about some heavier topics like privilege and letting go of the past. This week though, I wanted to go in a different direction and do something a little more light-hearted. Maybe even something a little silly!
Because, it’s the holidays. We’ve got enough to deal with right now.
Being a minimalist is great. I would never want to go back to my pre-minimalist days (and my wallet couldn’t handle it). But, let’s be honest. Sometimes being a minimalist is a pain. Sometimes, it would be a whole lot more convenient to be a maximalist. Here are 10 times being a minimalist is a pain in the butt (that I could think of off the top of my head). It should go without saying that this list is very much in jest!
1) When You Socialize
We had a small gathering on the weekend of people who live in our building (spoiler: no one came). But, when we were prepping, we realized we didn’t have enough chairs, plates or cups for more than eight people. Our plan was to just stand the whole night and eat off napkins. Maybe it’s better no one showed up.
2) When You Commute
We’re a one car family at the moment. And, we work on opposite sides of town. The bad news? I’m always at work 45 minutes early. The good news? The early bird gets the worm (or the promotion because you look super dedicated).
3) When You Buy Something
When you buy something as a self-proclaimed minimalist – watch out! People are going to judge you so hard. Because obviously, people can’t be two things at once. The two things, in this case, is a person who is a minimalist and a person who also really wants those cute bunny slippers from the mall.
4) When You Do Laundry
If I don’t do laundry every week, I will literally run out of clothes to wear to work (aka I’ll run out of underwear). Being a minimalist and being lazy are not mutually exclusive. If I had more clothes I could do laundry way less often. And some weekends that sounds like the best idea ever.
5) When You Do Dishes
We somehow don’t have enough dishes to fill the dishwasher while simultaneously we don’t have enough clean ones left to use. Laziness strikes again.
6) When You Have a Pet
Sadly, my cat doesn’t know about minimalism. When she wants something new to play with, she gets something new to play with. There is nothing like the consequences of not giving into your pet’s every whim (hello 4 am wakeup call).
7) When You Have a Minimalist Partner
Yes, it’s great to have a minimalist partner. Sometimes though, it’s also super annoying. Like when I see something new and sparkly that I want and Mr. Tiny Ambitions says ‘we’re minimalists, remember?’ Cue my eye roll. Major buzzkill reporting for duty.
8) When You Tell Your Friends
Telling someone, ‘Oh, I’m a minimalist’, is right up there on the obnoxious scale with telling someone ‘Oh, I’m a gluten-free, raw-food vegan.’ Get over yourself already.
9) When You Take Out the Trash
Our tiny half-filled garbage bag always looks so pitiful next to the bursting-at-the-seams bag of our neighbours. Serious garbage FOMO.
10) When You Go Grocery Shopping
Our fridge and $200 grocery bill didn’t get the memo that we are minimalists. We like things organized, but our fridge is like a real-life game of Tetris. I will make everything fit at all costs.
Did I miss anything? Share in the comments when minimalism has been a pain in your butt!! Hope you had a laugh!
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